America’s National Defense Budget essays
War can affect anyone, not just those who are sent to fight in it. Money is drained from other programs that would have been better funded if the war had not been chosen. From the funding of public schools to the money that would be spent to help low-income families, money was funneled from many of such government programs to help fund the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The administration of President George W. Bush is requesting $399.1 billion for the military in the fiscal year 2004 ($379.9 billion for the Defense Department and $19.3 billion for the nuclear weapons functions of the Department of Energy). This is $16.9 billion above current levels, an increase of 4.4 percent. In all, the administration plans to spend $2.7 trillion on the military over the next six years, and deficit as high as $200 billion to $300 billion for next year (cdi.com, Hellman).
There are many different opinions about the war in Iraq, and many factors that people are concerned about, including family, the economy, terrorism, the military, etc. Such topics probe many questions and controversies. For instance, is the U.S. spending too much money on the war in Iraq? Many people believe the war and the costs are justified, while others believe the spending is not necessary and could be used better within the U.S. As part of our survey study, we wanted to see how Americans feel about the war and the national defense budget. Our first hypothesis was that people over the age of 25 would be more inclined to support an increase in the national defense budget than those under 25.We also wanted to prove that those with a higher education (I.e., college graduate or higher) would be less inclined to support an increase in the defense budget.
In order to gather the thirty needed surveys, we decided that the best plan would be to divide the surveys and go our separate ways. Armed with ten surveys and a hunger for answers, we each took a different approach in fulf…